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Saturday, June 25, 2022

St. Francis wins epic CCS Open Division softball final over Mitty in nine innings

Saratoga – A back-and-forth battle between the two best softball teams in the Central Coast section ended when Sydney Stewart hit a liner in left field with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Mitty left fielder Mia Rodriguez on her and on her right towards the foul line.

Rodriguez dove for the ball, but it landed just out of reach as Carly Cummings raced home to second place with a win and St. Francis beat Mitty 6- for the CCS Open Division Championship on Saturday at West Valley College. beat by 5.

It was the third time St Francis (28-2) had beaten Mitty (26-4) this season, but it was a classic in its category.

“I don’t think I’ve ever coached a game of this magnitude that was so intense,” said St Francis coach Mike Oakland.

St. Francis celebrates his victory against Archbishop Mitty in the Central Coast Section Open Division Championship game at West Valley College, Saratoga. California, Saturday, May 28, 2022. (Photo by Josie Lepe)

The Lancers took a 5–4 lead at the top of the seventh and were two outs from the win in regulation when Corey Hicks made a blast over the fence to the left (12th of his season) to tie it.

Archbishop Mitty'S Corey Hicks (18) Hits Home Plate After Scoring A Home Run In The Seventh Inning Of The Central Coast Section Open Division Championship Game Against St. Francis At West Valley College, Saratoga, California, Saturday, May 28, 2022.  (Photo By Josie Lepp)
Archbishop Mitty’s Corey Hicks (18) scored at home after a home run against St. Francis in the seventh inning on Saturday. (Photo by Josie Lepe)

Neither team scored in the eighth and went down the match at the top of the ninth. In the bottom half, when Cummings singled out to the right, there were two outs, his third hit in five at-bats. Jessica Oakland hits a grounder in the hole between short and third. Mitty shortstop Taryn Kern fielded the ball with a diving backhand and made a brilliant first throw that Oakland hit hard.

He brought Stewart to the plate.

“I knew I needed to look for my pitch,” said Stewart of the University of Washington. “I looked inside one and knew I had to jump on it.”

He made the count to 3-1 before delivering a game-winner.

“I’m not a little surprised that Sid got that hit,” Coach Oakland said. “He just needed a pitch that he could handle. I have known that kid all his life and have seen him get many big hits.”

Mitty got three runs off the top of the first – Sara Pina on a base-loaded walk and a two-out, two-run single by Alyssa Onegawa – to put the Lancers in the unfamiliar position of playing catchup.

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